History Homework Tips: How To Remember Dates And Historical Figures

When you are trying to remember dates and historical figures from your history homework you should first learn to improve your note taking. Many students do not realize the significance of taking of lecture notes in university. It is a reliable way to enhance memorization and to reduce the amount of study time required to internalize course material.

Take notes during lectures, labelling them by date for effective organization. Listen actively to lectures so that in addition to taking notes, you are able to understand and think critically about the information being presented. Feel free to ask questions when it is fitting. Maintain a consistent structure and format for your notes e.g. use the same bullets and numbering styles for similar levels.

Second you need to utilize SQ3R.

This acronym refers to:

  1. Survey – Identify and seek out all the information required to complete your work. Read the headings of each project/chapter first, and then scan through the introductory segment to get an idea of the content of the chapter. Take note of any titles and subtitles and recognize the sections of information that they refer to. Also take note of any images or graphic representations, as well as questions posed by the author at the end of each chapter.
  2. Question – Take the headings and subheadings contained in your work and convert them into questions. This enables you to focus your mind and think critically as you read the text. You will find the answers to your questions as you read, and this keeps your mind occupied and focused on learning by answering the questions posed.
  3. Read – Do not view the chapter as a whole document. Instead, treat each segment independently, keeping the questions from the previous step in mind. The question stage can be extended into the reading stage by generating new questions as you read along.
  4. . Recite – By articulating information, your brain can focus on a definite word or idea and repeat it until it is understood. Take regular breaks in between sections as you read to see if you can recall the questions that you had generated and answer them from memory. If you are unable to remember, read the section again until you can answer each question. Once you have gone over an entire chapter, try to answer all the questions related to the chapter from memory.
  5. Review – For information that you cannot recall, you may return to the related section and read again to reinforce the information. There is no limit to the number of times that you should review information, as long as you do it in the right way.